Adam Lambert did it again, not only making the top three on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the third time but also scoring his second No. 3 album with his latest, The Original High. And even though he’s got that gig lined up with Queen in the fall (yes, he’s still fronting the legendary band — to great reviews), he’s going to hit the road and tour to support his latest collection, right?
Billboard reported June 24 that Adam Lambert’s third album, The Original High, bowed in at No. 3 with 47,000 units sold. That’s a bit down from his last album, 2012’s Trespassing, which sold 77,000 copies its first week of release (and netted Lambert the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200). It’s also quite a bit down from his debut, 2009’s For Your Entertainment, which moved 198,000 unites its first week, earning the “Whattaya Want From Me Singer” his first No. 3 spot on the albums chart.
The Original High debuts in the wake of Lambert being just about everywhere (late night shows, television gossip shows, radio, YouTube) and moving up the Pop Songs airplay chart with the album’s lead single, “Ghost Town.” According to Billboard, it sits at No. 31. The song also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 73 this week. It already has cracked the Top 30 on both the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and the Adult Top 40.
Back in April, the “American Idol” alum told Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast that if there was enough support for the new album, he would definitely tour. He admitted that Trespassing hadn’t been the success that it had looked like it could have been. Besides short tours in Europe and Asia, there was not much of a follow-up American tour.
“There was a couple of freestanding (American) dates,” Lambert says, “but unfortunately… I mean, you know, it’s common knowledge Trespassing wasn’t quite the commercial success that we all had hoped it would be, which would have supported a tour. I’m really, really thankful that the fans ate it up, and that we debuted at No. 1 on the (Billboard 200) chart. That was lovely. I stand by the album.”
Adam Lambert’s last full tour was his Glam Nation Tour back in 2009-2010. The video of that tour, “Glam Nation,” would became a No. 1 selling video for the artist.
So he’s hopeful that The Original High will put him back into full tour mode. Regardless, he’s back on the road with Queen in September, where he will front the band for a few dates in South America. The first show will be Rio de Janeiro’s massive Rock In Rio concert on September 8, the opening day of the festival. Lambert said he’s looking forward to it, having never before been to South America.